Richard Stim


Attorney Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He is the author of many books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog.

Articles By Richard Stim

Who Owns and Holds the Rights to a Copyright
The creator of a copyrighted work does not always own the copyright to that work. In some cases, an assignment or transfer can "give" other persons or entities ownership of the copyright.
Getting a Patent on Your Own
To obtain a patent, you must ensure that your invention qualifies and then be able to describe it in your application.
Will a Noncompete Agreement Stop Employees From Taking Your Trade Secrets?
To avoid losing valuable employees (and trade secrets) to competitors, many employers require employees to sign noncompetition agreements.
Should Your Business Trademark the Color of Its Logo or Font?
Your company's name or logo is always displayed in a specific color. As you file your trademark application, how do you describe this color to guarantee protection?
Licensing Artwork: Negotiating and Monitoring Royalty Payments
For an artist who successfully licenses artwork, royalty payments provide welcome additional income. But in order to maximize profits, an artist should take the time to negotiate a smart royalty deal.
The 'Fair Use' Rule: When Use of Copyrighted Material Is Acceptable
Fair use is a defense to a claim of copyright infringement based on the idea that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for certain purposes, like commentary and criticism. When is fair use applied?
What's New in Copyright Law, 2018 to 2021
Major federal court decisions concerning copyright law over the last few years.
What's New in Patent Law, 2018 to 2021
Check out these important court decisions and other developments in U.S. patent law over the last few years.
Fair Use: What Is Transformative?
Transformative uses of a copyrighted work are generally considered to be "fair use" rather than infringement.
Can I Appeal a Final Office Action From the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?
A “final” office action does not mean that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision is final. Rather, it means that the examiner is cutting off the applicant’s right to change the claims in the application.